Doctrinal Challenges, Nation Building, Terror Tactics and the Power of the Child: A Tale of Three ‘Sites’

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Abstract

Issues of power and agency within the domain of international relations (IR) have, for a long time, been couched in the language of realist scholarship. This received wisdom survived unscathed for a long time. However, constructivist and critical security thinking have lately created the necessary intellectual space within which entities so far relegated to the fringes have come to be reconceived. One such entity is the child. To illustrate the complexities of this ‘kindered’ space, three recent books, Singer (2005), Brocklehurst (2006) and Rosen (2005), are of great relevance and value. Their discursive thrust and narrative content engage in an interesting tug of war covering structuralist, historical nationalist and global political ‘sites’. These at once intersect and overlap, presenting a broad canvas for theorising the power of the child.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-159
JournalStrategic Analysis
Volume32
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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